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South Asia and Disability Studies

Redefining Boundaries and Extending Horizons


Edited By Shridevi Rao and Maya Kalyanpur

Incorporating scholarship that addresses the social, economic, cultural, and historical facets of the experience of disability in South Asia, this book presents the reader with a comprehensive, cogent, and nuanced view of the constructions of disability in this region. In doing so, it focuses on the lived experiences of people with disabilities and their families, analyzing such disabling barriers as poverty, caste, and other inequities that limit their access to education, employment, equity, and empowerment. It addresses the interpretations of disability within different South Asian contexts including policy, family, educational systems, films, and literary narratives. Situated in an interdisciplinary perspective that spans areas such as cultural studies, law, disability studies in education, sociology, and historiography, South Asia and Disability Studies presents a rich and complex understanding of the disability experience in South Asia. The organization of topics parallels the discourse in areas within disability studies such as identity construction, language, historical constructions of disability, and cultural representations of disability.
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It takes a village “they say” to raise a child. It also takes a village to support an endeavor like this. We are deeply grateful to each of our wonderful authors whose contributions helped redefine the boundaries and extend the horizons. It has been an absolute pleasure working with you on this journey. Many thanks go to our Series Editors, Susan Gabel and Scott Danforth, for their insightful comments and support through this process and the team at Peter Lang for all their assistance. A special thank you to Ellen Farr for her meticulous and painstaking work with typesetting the manuscript. Much gratitude also to Adarsh Baji for the cover art. Thanks to my lifelong friend and intellectual mentor, my dad, Mr. Arkalgud Subba Rao. I could not have done this without your unwavering support, steadfast belief, and thoughtful feedback. Here is to our countless great conversations, conversations that set the stage for this book. I wish you were here to see the book but I know, wherever you are, you are smiling. I thank my son Tejas Srinivasan for reading the first drafts of some of my chapters. Your encouragement, astute feedback, and faith in my work kept me going. Thanks to my husband Sivaram Srinivasan and daughter Sarayu Srinivasan for patiently putting up with me throughout this process, for the smiles, numerous cups of tea, and loads of encouragement. You are amazing! Thanks to my mother Subhadra Rao, sister Shailaja Rao, and brother Satya Rao for their constant...

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